Can Laity Get the Job Done? by Bufe Karraker on 8/7/94

August 11th, 2017

Can lay people get the job done or does it have to be the professionals that get it done?  The professionals cannot get it done by themselves.  Jesus called together 9 men in Luke 9.  In human terms, these 9 men didn't have great credentials.  Jesus saw something in these men and recruited them.  Bufe talks about the authority Jesus gave them and 5 mistakes that we would think would disqualify them.  1.  All 12 wanted the crowds to go since they didn't have food.  They acted with short-sided vision.  How much vision do you have for the Word of God in your city?  2.  At the Transfiguration, Jesus took Peter, James and John to pray.  When Jesus was transfigured and Moses and Elijah showed up, they had fallen asleep.  The Christian world is asleep at the switch.  We are missing great opportunity.  3. When they woke up, Peter is all confused.  Peter wanted to preserve the status quo and build 3 tabernacles.  Many want to just maintain the status quo.  4. Jesus healed an epileptic and others and Jesus told them he would be betrayed.  Fear took over the disciples.  And they were afraid to ask.  Christians sometimes are afraid to get involved in Bible Studies and to ask questions.  5. An argument rose up about who would be the greatest in the kingdom.  Who's going to be best?  Who's going to be most important?  Being in the ministry, either as a layman or as a professional, means service.  You cannot call your life your own.  6. One man said, "I will always follow you no matter where you go."  Jesus reminded him that he had no earthly home.  When Jesus invited him to follow him, he said he had to bury his dead first.  Another said they had to get permission from someone at home.  They talked a big talk but ran like rabbits when confronted with the chance to follow Jesus.   

Romans 12, Luke 9, Acts 2